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Synthetic marijuana widely used at Naval Academy, some midshipmen say

February 28th, 2011 Posted in Marijuana news Tags:

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A synthetic form of marijuana is widely used at the U.S. Naval Academy because it cannot be detected in routine drug tests, according to several former midshipmen who have been removed from campus for using or possessing the substance.

Since its introduction at the academy last year, synthetic marijuana has become popular among rank-and-file midshipmen and on the football and wrestling teams, the former midshipmen said. Some isolated corners of the historic Annapolis campus, they said, have become well-known gathering spots for smoking it.
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Marijuana Tax Begins In San Jose

February 28th, 2011 Posted in Marijuana news Tags:

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A measure approved by San Jose voters in November will come to fruition on Tuesday as local marijuana dispensaries will be required to pay a 7% tax. Measure U was passed with 78% of the vote in November.

To help the dispensaries prepare, City officials will be holding a seminar at City Hall Monday morning. Those who operate the dispnsaries will learn how to determine the tax by remitting their gross receipts. Ream more »

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The dangers of smoking shisha

February 28th, 2011 Posted in smoking hookah Tags:

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SHISHA is herbal tobacco which is smoked through a water pipe, also known as a ‘hookah’ pipe.

An average smoking session will see 10 milligrams of fruit tobacco smoked for 30 minutes.

It is a shared experience where one or more pipes can stem from the shisha pipe.

Shisha bars are popular with Indian, Bangladeshi and Pakistani communities who see it as a social hub and central to their culture. Ream more »

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Are Electronic Cigs Safe? The Debate Continues

February 28th, 2011 Posted in Electronic cigarettes Tags:

Electronic Cigs
There is a long history of the cigarette industry selling health. Early advertisements showed physicians, dentists, nurses, scientists and researchers all explaining how it was safer to smoke some new kind of cigarette (see my website for a history of cigarette ads). Early cigarettes were promoted to cure colds and asthma. Filtered cigarettes were supposed to be safer. Unfortunately, Kent produced the micronite filter, which was later found to contain asbestos as one of its ingredients (1). Low tar “light” cigarettes have now been linked to rapid increases among smokers in cases of adenocarcinoma, once a rare form of lung cancer in the periphery of the lung, because people puffed on them harder (2). Buyer beware! Ream more »

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Jessica Alba pregnant….but still chain smoking tobacco?

February 28th, 2011 Posted in Celebrities smoking Tags:

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Now that Jessica Alba’s pregnant with baby #2, will the famously fit actress quit smoking for good? Known for her celebrity butt, the mother of one is also famous for chain smoking and puffing her way through photo shoots and movie sets. Will Jessica Alba finally kick the habit?

In 2008, the 29-year-old Alba and hubby Cash Warren, 32, welcomed baby girl Honor Marie, and while she quit smoking during pregnancy, Alba was quick to light up following the birth of their first daughter. She was seen smoking in France and was photographed chain smoking on the set of “Good Luck Chuck” and throughout her November 2010 covershoot with Elle magazine. Ream more »

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Teens Busted for Ditching School, Smoking Pot

February 25th, 2011 Posted in Teens smoking Tags:

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A day of skipping class ended in some arrests for a group of Moody High School students who were busted by police Monday afternoon. Police swarmed a neighborhood near the school after five teens ran from cops.

Five teenagers were seen hanging out in a vacant house and as police approached, the kids scattered. That’s when the officers called for backup.
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Flavored tobacco use should be open to choice – by adults

February 25th, 2011 Posted in Cigarettes flavors Tags:

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Public health advocates have squared off against retail business owners over a Senate bill that would ban the sale of some flavored tobacco products. Advocates say flavored tobacco is a means of hooking young smokers.
Washington tobacco retailers argue that they have enough regulations to cope with and that the state should focus on existing laws that prohibit anyone under the age of 18 from buying tobacco. They say a ban on flavored tobacco will cripple their businesses. Ream more »

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Ban sales of electronic cigarettes to minors

February 25th, 2011 Posted in Teens smoking Tags:

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A state senator wants to keep electronic cigarettes out of kids’ hands by making it a petty offense for merchants to sell them to minors and for minors to buy them.
“If we’re going to say minors can’t buy regular cigarettes, it doesn’t seem valid to say they can have access to electronic cigarettes,” said Sen. Steve Yarbrough, R-Chandler. “Hopefully a few less young people will suffer nicotine addictions with this ban.” Ream more »

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Chinese firm opens new tobacco sales floor in Zimbabwe

February 25th, 2011 Posted in Tobacco industry Tags:

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A Harare-based Chinese tobacco purchasing firm, Tian Ze Tobacco Company, on Thursday opened a new tobacco sales floor in the Zimbabwean capital catering specifically for its contracted farmers.

The company invested about 1 million U. S. dollars in setting up the sales floor, and has entered into a partnership with a local company to process tobacco sold at the floors.
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